The term “Organic Architecture” was coined by Frank Lloyd Wright around the late 19th century. The philosophy consists of harmony between human habitation and the natural world. The idea refers not only to the building’s literal relationship to the natural surroundings but also to how the design of the building is carefully thought about as if it were a unified organism.

In 1948, in Mexico City, Javier Senosiain was born to a middle-class family. Since his young age, Javier was very involved in the art community, taking inspiration from simple things in nature like peanuts or animals, like snakes. These objects as simple as they appear consisted a great value in his later work.

His contribution to organic architecture is enormous and that’s what we are about to discover. I could describe it in three words: colorful, stunning, and surreal. Avoiding sharp edges and straight walls his projects are mesmerizing displays of playfulness and vision. Not forgetting the key role of community and sustainability.  You can also see the inspiration from Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Antonio Gaudi.

If we wanted to define the overall attitude of organic architecture, we would start with the Gaia Charter, as architect and planner David Pearson proposed. They are the rules of organic architecture and design and should consist of these 8 conditions:

“Let the design:

  • be inspired by nature and be sustainable, healthy, conserving, and diverse.
  • unfold like an organism, from the seed within
  • exist in the continuous present and begin again and again
  • follow the flows and be flexible and adaptable
  • satisfy social physical. and spiritual needs
  • grow out of the site and be unique
  • celebrate the spirit of youth, play, and surprise
  • express the rhythm of music and the power of dance

Now that we know a bit of a theory, let’s dive into the visual representations. Here are just some of the magnificent works of Javier Senoisian. Some of them are public, some private, and some even up for rent as Airbnb. Nevertheless, I hope you have found your new favorite architect and are ready to travel to see it live.

For more information please visit www.arquitecturaorganica.com.

1. Nautilus

(The state of Mexico, 2007)

2. Satellite Set (Ciudad Satélite)

(Edo/Mexico 1995)

3. The Organic House (La Casa Organica)

(Naucalpan, Edo/Mexico 1985)

4. Quetzalcoatl Nest (Nido de Quetzalcoatl)

(The State of Mexico 2007)

5. Green City (Ciudad Verde)